I actually raced home to make this post a ‘legit’ daily post, but when I got home at 11:00 p.m., my internet was out. Murphy is trying my patience again.
Steve-O at Manny's
These last couple of days have been wild.I have been working balls to the wall for a total of 51 hours over the coarse of the last 65 hours. I had one of the worst days on my job (shooting the Sherry Arnold memorial). I felt like a typical sensationalist journalist acting like a vulture exploiting a family/community’s tragedy in order to satisfy the “public’s” morbid curiosity. Friday was followed by a great day of shooting which reinforced why I love this job and want to continue to improve and try and excel at it.
I need to rest now. Good night
This is why you should only use your cellphone as a camera when it is an emergency.
I may not make it home today by midnight so I’m going to use a placeholder for my shot of the day.
I ran across this dilapidated rodeo ring on my way back from Sidney, MT today. The sunset was gorgeous, so I pulled over and started snapping. My wife was in the car with me, so I’m pretty sure I annoyed the hell out of her, but I think these were worth it.
Broken down rodeo ring
Broken down rodeo ring
Entrance to the rodeo ring
This is a farmhouse next to my in-laws home in Sidney, Montana.
Big Sky Farmhouse
I shot this sunset while I was on a walk through Ballantine today. I had to process it quick because I have to run out and cover a story. I used photomatrixz pro, and just used the settings that were used on my previous photomatrix pro picture. I think it turned out OK.
I raise a glass to the infernal Murphy, his laws, and all of his Earthly minions.
The warm schadenfreude you feel from seeing me pounded,
Battered, bruised, and a left alone to feel confounded,
Is infinitesimal compared to the sheer amount of amazing bliss
That occurs when I feel my blood race to a rhythmic sound.
Reminding me I’m alive, and whose whose ass you can kiss.
That was a pretty bad rhyme, but I’m done for the night.
I shot these while on a walk around Ballantine with my daughter. A few days ago the irrigation folks performed their annual burning of the brush. I’m pretty sure that they do this so the water flows easier. It was amazing to see how fast the land was beginning to recover, and how much green was already beginning to spring up.
After the burn
The pick up is one of the many old clunkers we have in the neighbor hood. I thought the light was moderately nice on the grill so I shot it. I think I might go back one morning when the light is not obstructed by a building.
My wife had been having a rough couple of days, so I thought I would surprise her with a sundae when she got home from work. I also thought that it would be cool to photograph the sundae. However, like the title indicates, I now know why photographers use fake food when shooting product shots. The sundae looked gorgeous after I made it, but by the time I got it to the tabletop, and got ready to shoot, the sundae had lost its vigor and began to look mushy and generally pathetic. Oh well, lesson learned.
I bought a new Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens this week and while I haven’t had a lot of time to mess around with it, I have done a little shooting with it. I have to say that except for one annoyance, I am pleasantly pleased with this lens. The lens is sharp and and the bokeh is beautiful, but my one quibble is the same as my Sigma 105mm macro, the autofocus is dreadful. I have actually been enjoying manually focusing my macro, but when you pay for an autofocus lens, you expect it to work. Unless there is a lot of light, both lenses constantly search for the focus point. I have read on other blogs that many people send their Sigma lenses into Sigma to get them tuned to their particular camera. I think I am going to try this and hopefully the autofocusing will improve. I think this one issue keeps my Sigma lenses from being called a great lens at a great price. Right now they are great lenses that have the potential to drive me nuts when I am shooting.
I shot a little with it during the Cut Cut Paste shoot yesterday, but I wanted to try shooting closeups at 1.4 to see what depth-of-field was like. It was so razor thin that I missed the focus, so the shots were not usable.
The following shot of my daughter were shot with the 50mm at 2.8. I only tweaked the white balance, and bumped the contrast a hair in order to give you an idea of how nice the lens performs.
Sigma 50mm tests
Sigma 50mm tests